Bulls score early and Yates holds off late Louisville rally
Merrill Kelly dodged trouble early, Kirby Yates escaped a couple of late jams and the Durham Bulls notched a narrow win Wednesday night.
Despite being outhit by Louisville at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Bulls won their International League baseball game 3-2 as their pitchers stayed calm with the pressure on.
The Bats collected eight hits and five walks off Durham pitching, but stranded 11 runners as they went a combined 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Yates, who pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up his seventh save for the Bulls, secured the game’s biggest outs.
After Jeff Beliveau allowed three hits and a walk in the eighth inning, Yates took over with Durham up 3-1, the bases loaded and one out.
He induced Emmanuel Burriss’ RBI groundout. With the Bulls up 3-2 and the tying run at third, Corky Miller grounded out to end the threat.
In the ninth inning, Yates walked leadoff batter Jeff Fellhauer and IL stolen base leader Billy Hamilton took over as a pinch runner. Hamilton stole second before Yates struck out Jason Donald.
Hamilton stole third base, his 45th stolen base of the season with Kris Negron batting. But with the tying run at third base, Yates struck out Negron for the second out before retiring Neftali Soto on a fly to centerfield to end the game.
“Kirby Yates,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That guy is our MVP so far up to this point.”
Kelly pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and walking three. The Bats had runners on in all but two innings against Kelly. But the 24-year-old right-hander, making his second Triple-A start, navigated his way through trouble.
The closest Louisville came to breaking through against Kelly came in the third when he walked the bases loaded with one out.
Bulls pitching coach Neil Allen visited the mound to try to relax his young pitcher.
“I was able to make pitches when I really needed to,” Kelly said. “That visit from Neil really helped. It helped me catch my breath and really focus on the next pitch.”
In a scoreless game, Kelly struck out Neftali Soto on a changeup and retired Henry Rodriguez on a popup to shortstop to keep the game scoreless.
Kelly allowed just a two hits and a walk over his final four innings.
“The first couple of innings I was just trying to be too fine, trying to be too cute instead of just going after them,” Kelly said.
Durham (46-27) scored all of its runs off Louisville starting pitcher Daniel Corcino, who pitched erratically through 4 1/3 innings of work.
The Bulls had six baserunners, on four walks and two hit batters, before they collected their first hit. Cole Figueroa’s single in the fourth inning put runners at first and second with no outs.
Durham’s second hit went to the next batter, Jesus Flores, who drove in Brendon Guyer with a single for a 1-0 Bulls lead.
In the fifth inning, Tim Beckham doubled and Vince Belnome hit a two-run home run off Corcino giving Durham a 3-0 lead.
NOTES — Infielder Ryan Roberts, sent down to Durham on Sunday when Wil Myers was promoted to Tampa Bay, is expected to join the Bulls for tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game with Louisville. Roberts batted .238 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 47 games with the Rays this season … The Bulls also received pitcher Jake Odorizzi back from Tampa Bay. Odorizzi started for the Rays Tuesday night at Boston. He allowed one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings … Tonight’s game concludes Durham’s eight-game homestand. Matt Buschmann (1-0, 2.04) will pitch for the Bulls against Louisville’s Armando Galarraga (5-4, 3.06) … The Bulls travel to Buffalo Friday night to start an eight-game road trip. They return home June 29 to play Columbus.
Durham Bulls (46-27) 3, Louisville Bats (36-37) 2
June 19, 2013
|1-Hamilton, B, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Perez, F, RF||2||0||0||0||1||2||2||.282|
|Soto, N, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||1||4||.279|
|Rodriguez, H, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||5||.273|
|Miller, C, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.168|
|1-Ran for Fellhauer in the 9th.|
2B: Heisey (1, Kelly, M), Soto, N (15, Beliveau).
TB: Phipps; Negron; Rodriguez, H; Hessman; Heisey 3; Soto, N 3.
RBI: Rodriguez, H (28), Burriss (15).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, H 3; Perez, F; Burriss; Miller, C 2; Soto, N.
Team RISP: 1-for-12.
Team LOB: 11.
SB: Burriss (10, 2nd base off Yates/Flores, J), Hamilton, B 2 (45, 2nd base off Yates/Flores, J, 3rd base off Yates/Flores, J).
DP: (Rodriguez, H-Burriss-Hessman).
|Beckham, T, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.288|
|Anderson, Le, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.322|
|Figueroa, C, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.293|
|Flores, J, C||2||0||1||1||1||1||1||.200|
|Kelly, M, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Beckham, T (12, Corcino).
HR: Belnome (6, 5th inning off Corcino, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Flores, J; Belnome 4; Beckham, T 2; Figueroa, C 2.
RBI: Flores, J (3), Belnome 2 (46).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Apodaca 2; Bourgeois.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.
|Corcino (L, 3-10)||4.1||4||3||3||5||3||1||7.40|
|Kelly, M (W, 1-0)||7.0||5||0||0||3||4||0||2.92|
|Beliveau (H, 5)||0.1||3||2||2||1||0||0||3.10|
|Yates (S, 7)||1.2||0||0||0||1||2||0||1.32|
HBP: Anderson, Le (by Corcino).
Pitches-strikes: Corcino 103-59, Hyde 18-15, Whelan 25-19, Kelly, M 92-62, Beliveau 17-12, Yates 29-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Corcino 5-3, Hyde 2-0, Whelan 1-1, Kelly, M 9-5, Beliveau 0-0, Yates 2-1.
Batters faced: Corcino 22, Hyde 6, Whelan 6, Kelly, M 29, Beliveau 5, Yates 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Yates 3-1.
Ejections: Louisville Bats left fielder Felix Perez ejected by HP umpire Max Guyll (5th)
Umpires: HP: Max Guyll. 1B: Will Little. 3B: David Soucy.
Weather: 76 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, In from CF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
June 19, 2013
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media